■ Southern Region exploring ‘Technology for Operations’
■ NOS efficiency savings stalled
■ GW to pilot ‘crew & stock’ Luminate enhancement
Launched in 2009, Network Rail’s original Traffic Management System (TMS) procurement programme has spent the thick end of £150 million with contractors, plus, in all probability, the same again on supporting consultancy fees. This expenditure has bought two Traffic Management (TM) installations, both over budget, massively de-specified and years late. A third installation was commissioned, but remains offline, limited to checking each day’s downloaded timetable for conflict.
Since ‘Informed Sources’ has covered this slow-motion debacle in real time, I won’t go into the messy detail. But the contrast with the successful TM installations at Great Western’s Thames Valley Signalling Centre (TVSC) can’t go unremarked.